There’s just something about a bride who’s up for a little adventure. From the start of their engagement, we traveled all over the Southeast documenting each milestone of Wil and Kallie’s journey. Remember the Florida engagement I shared a few blog posts back? That was them! There wedding took place last weekend at a farm in Auburn. But for Kallie’s bridal session, we traveled to Pine Mountain, Georgia and chased the golden hour light from the lush gardens to the glass butterfly house of Callaway. Kallie is so full of life and she couldn’t have chosen a more perfect setting that truly enveloped her outgoing, bubbly personality.
Meagan made a beautiful bride and the illuminating light that filled the skies during her bridal session was an adequate representation of the infectious light she so effortlessly imparts to those around her. Throughout the planning of her wedding, she frequently mentioned that many aspects of their wedding day “might not be great” but it was her. At every mention of this, I heeded against her worries with reminders that a wedding is a ceremony unifying two persons before Christ, followed by a celebration of those persons and the love and life they have chosen to share… all of which occurs because of two people; her wedding should in fact, be her.
In the end, her loose curls and flowing braid, the touch of baby’s breath, her simplistic studded earrings, her ballet slippers… were all the breathtaking outworkings of her just choosing to be her. Even through my reassurances, I don’t think that I could ever fully express to Meagan the joy and awe I held for her desire to exalt the purpose and significance of marriage, Christ through that marriage, and humility through it all. To say again, in light of this, Meagan made a beautiful bride.
“The event of falling in love is of such a nature that we are right to reject as intolerable the idea that it should be transitory. In one high bound it has overleaped the massive of our selfhood; it has made appetite itself altruistic, tossed personal happiness aside as a triviality and planted the interests of another in the centre of our being. Spontaneously and without effort we have fulfilled the law (towards one person) by loving our neighbour as ourselves. It is an image, a foretaste, of what we must become to all if Love Himself rules in us without a rival. It is even (well used) a preparation for that.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
When Will and Tori reached out to me to document their engagement, I could tell they both knew exactly what they wanted – to embrace home. For them, a physical and structural home has looked like several different places over the last few years; but in spite of and because of the distance, they’ve found that home isn’t a physical location at all. Home truly lies with the other – in love, in family, in relationship. Will found home on the family farm and upon their marriage in the Spring, Tori will move to join him there. To see the pride, excitement, and pure contentment in Tori’s eyes as she talked about the farm and all Will does to help run the family business, I knew that there was no better place to celebrate their engagement than the place that would soon provide them both a physical home together. I adore these two and everything they encompass as a couple. My heart craved to create images for them that could somehow measure up to the transparent and beautiful love they share. Seriously, these two couldn’t be more down to earth if they tried. I so have a thing for sincere and genuine people; my heart strings get all tangled up.
On a side note, golden hour has had nothing on these Fall sunsets lately. I am in awe, daily.
I love that they wanted to visit and include The Square in their small town to exemplify this new season of life.
Megan and I recently took an afternoon to escape to a local farm and embrace all the Fall vibes. A few days ago, I posted on Instagram (follow along: @courtney_woodham) about Megan being the chaos in my life, but in such a good way. She’s that friend who thrives off those last minute, ride by the seat of your pants, split second decisions… and when I’m with her, I do too. It’s actually been a huge learning curve to figure out how not to plan. Any of you that know me, know that my calendar is quite literally my lifeline. There’s really been a lot of freedom in learning how to forget all the requirements for just a little while and find my wanderlust.
Once in a while, I love an opportunity to play with apparel. Megan chose several natural and earthy inspired looks, which I completely loved! As the golden hour came to a close, we thought it would be fun to get a few barefoot in the cornfield… I think these turned out to be my favorite!
Last week, we took a last minute day trip to Atlanta and I am so excited to get scans back and see those images! I can’t wait for our next adventure!